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Free: Watch every touch of Fabinho and Naby Keita's LFC debuts

Mon, 09/07/2018 - 11:20

Fabinho and Naby Keita made their debuts for Liverpool on Saturday - watch every touch the Reds' newest recruits had in the 7-0 pre-season win over Chester FC for free now.

Brazil international Fabinho was part of Jürgen Klopp's first-half team at the Swansway Chester Stadium and rattled the post with a powerful 20-yard shot, while Keita impressed during his 45-minute run-out after the break.

Full highlights of the game are available here, and you can take a closer look at Fabinho and Keita's displays for free below...

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Lovren’s Croatia set up World Cup semi-final with England

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 23:52

There was joy for Dejan Lovren as Croatia set up a World Cup semi-final with England after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Russia on Saturday night.

Liverpool’s No.6 played the full game in what was a gripping quarter-final tie.

Denis Cheryshev fired the hosts into a 31st minute lead with a spectacular strike but Andrej Kramaric headed home to make it 1-1 six minutes before the half-time break.

Croatia grabbed the lead in extra-time thanks to a header from Domagoj Vida following a corner, but with just six minutes to go Russia made it 2-2 when Mario Fernandes glanced home a header following a free-kick.

And it was Lovren's team that prevailed 4-3 in the shootout when Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic netted the decisive kick.

Lovren will now come up against Liverpool teammates Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in Wednesday night’s World Cup semi-final.

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Chester 0-7 LFC: Watch action and reaction on LFCTV GO

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 19:52

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Liverpool started their pre-season in fine style after a 7-0 win at Chester FC on Saturday afternoon - and LFCTV GO subscribers can watch the action and reaction now.
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Klopp hails 'proper leader' Henderson as England march on

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 19:40

Jürgen Klopp described Jordan Henderson as a 'proper leader' after the Liverpool captain helped England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup on Saturday.

Henderson started once again for his country as they clinched a place in the last four of the tournament for the first time since 1990 courtesy of a 2-0 win over Sweden in Samara.

With the Reds contesting a pre-season friendly at Chester FC at the same time as the Three Lions were in action, Klopp was unable to see his skipper's contributions to the victory.

However, he knows all too well about the Sunderland-born midfielder's qualities, and believes others have seen them evidenced on the world stage plenty of times this summer.

Klopp said: "I didn’t see it today, but so far he’s played a brilliant World Cup – very mature, a proper leader in the team and you can see it. 

"Everyone can see this team is offensively really skilled, so you need a few serious people in the team to keep it all together and I like how he is doing that and is still involved in all the offensive things, set-pieces and all that stuff. 

"He’s played a few wonderful passes, controls the game."

Klopp also went on to pay tribute to Liverpool's other representative in the squad, Trent Alexander-Arnold, as well as the manager, Gareth Southgate.

He added: "I really like it that Trent got his first cap before the World Cup and then played in a [tournament] game – I’ve waited 51 years for that! He did really well. 

"I am happy for the boys and I am happy for Gareth [Southgate] because he is doing a fantastic job, obviously. 

"England and Belgium, who I have saw a lot, have both managers doing incredible jobs, really good tactical things. It’s very interesting and I like it."

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Klopp on Chester win, Keita and Fabinho debuts and Sturridge brace

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 19:36

Jürgen Klopp admits he wasn’t satisfied with Liverpool’s first-half showing during Saturday’s 7-0 win at Chester FC, but felt his side were much improved following the interval.

The Reds secured a resounding victory at the Swansway Chester Stadium in their first pre-season friendly of the summer on an afternoon in which Naby Keita and Fabinho made their debuts for the club.

Two first-half goals from Harry Wilson set them on their way before James Milner (penalty), Ryan Kent, Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge (2) struck in the second period.

Afterwards, Klopp explained why he felt there was room for improvement in his side’s opening 45-minute showing and gave his verdict on the Reds’ two debutants.

Read on for a transcript of his post-match press conference…

Naby Keita makes his Liverpool FC debut.

On whether he was satisfied with the performance and result...

First half, I was not happy, of course. The game was not good, it looked stiff. To be honest, it's not that I [spend] five hours on the line-up and think, 'that will fit together'. They have to work together in pre-season, especially in the first game. Yes, we worked hard during the week; yes, the pitch is dry; yes, the wind makes the pitch even drier - that's not nice. The opponent [was well] organised, so sure it was difficult first half, we didn't play good football. Second half was much better, with two or three players more who have played together so it was easier of course for the players to show up. Naby, especially, looked pretty [good]. Good signs.

On Daniel Sturridge's two-goal showing...

I saw a lot of good things from Daniel so he needs more that he can still impress me. I know about his quality. A very positive week, very positive today, he looked really good.

On Keita and Fabinho's first week...

It's hard for them. You know we always measure the heart rates and, if you don't speak the language, you already have a 100 [bpm heartbeat] when you listen to me! That's how the first week is but it's all good. Fabinho, today, was not too easy, it was not a good half and it was difficult to find his [way] in the game. Naby did much better second half but that's how it is. We know about the quality, we don't test these boys, a few others had a test. The young lads need to show up in games like this, 100 per cent, but they have another two/three games to do so.

On what Keita and Fabinho will bring...

Quality. Naby comes from Leipzig, knows the football philosophy, it's a very similar one. [He is] very sharp in the challenges, very quick in mind in these situations for counter-pressing, it looks kind of natural, which is good. Monaco played a completely different style so Fabinho probably needs more time to adapt to that. But he is a fantastic football player as well; a good passer, speed is good, challenges are good - a proper defensive midfield player with the opportunity to be [in defence] as well, which is good. If you want to be part of our squad you need to be good, and these two boys are.

On the reception for Loris Karius...

I'm not sure if I should have expected something different but it was nice, absolutely nice. The wind was difficult, as a goalkeeper. We need to cool down the whole situation; let's play football, let's work on our weaknesses and use our strength and then everything will be good.

On the welcome afforded to Liverpool by Chester…

It’s fantastic; the reception was brilliant and the people were really nice. I tried to sign as many as shirts and programmes as possible. Wonderful weather and we showed up because they are neighbours for us and that’s what we’ll do next week on Tuesday and Saturday. I like to go around the corner to play football games because it helps all of us, so it makes more sense.

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Fabinho squad number update

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 12:59

Fabinho will wear the No.3 shirt in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Chester FC on Saturday, although his official squad number for 2018-19 is yet to be decided.

The Brazil international, who officially joined the Reds from AS Monaco on July 1, is in line to make his debut for the club at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Fabinho has not yet been assigned a squad number for the campaign ahead, but will wear No.3 against Chester.

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Solanke hungry for more progress in 2018-19

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 11:00

After getting a taste of Premier League and Champions League football with Liverpool last term, Dominic Solanke is targeting another season of progress in 2018-19.

Solanke was one of 26 Reds to report to Melwood for pre-season training last Monday, and the striker is likely to feature in the first friendly of the summer against Chester FC on Saturday - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

The 20-year-old’s first campaign at Anfield included 27 first-team appearances, six of which were starts, as well as a senior international debut for England - and he wants to build on that promising foundation over the course of the next 10 months.

“The same again really and to try to better myself and improve again,” Solanke told Liverpoolfc.com, after being asked to outline his goals for the season ahead.

“[I want] just to improve on what I was doing last year and hopefully the team can have a good season.

“The manager showed great faith in me last season and I was very thankful for that. The Champions League was a crazy run throughout the whole of the season. To get to the final was an amazing achievement and to be part of it was amazing. I’m thankful for that.”

Solanke struck his first senior goal for Liverpool against Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign when he sent a powerful shot cannoning in off the crossbar in a 4-0 win that sealed the Reds’ top-four finish.

“It’s always difficult when you haven’t got your first goal,” he admitted.

“To get that was a relief. I’m happy I’ve got that now so I can build on that.”

Solanke and the other members of Jürgen Klopp’s squad who returned to Melwood earlier this week now have five days of training under their belts, but Solanke’s preparations for the new season began over the summer.

“It’s tough but it’s good being back with all the boys. We met the new boys as well and it’s nice to welcome them too. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks,” he said.

“The manager likes to know when we’re doing stuff in the off-season. It’s always important to keep in good shape. It’s nice to have a break and a rest but you’ve always got to think about the season ahead as well.”

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Ryan Kent: It's time to show what I learned last season

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 10:00

While Ryan Kent defines 2017-18 as ‘quite disappointing’ on a personal level, the Liverpool forward feels he emerged from the campaign with experiences to build on.

After impressing during pre-season and signing a new long-term contract with the Reds a year ago, Kent spent the first half of last term with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg, before heading to Bristol City of the Championship between January and May.

The 21-year-old was restricted to 17 senior appearances throughout the campaign, though, and is now back at Melwood after reporting for pre-season training on Monday.

Kent has returned with a determination to prove himself to Jürgen Klopp and hopes to get a chance to feature in Liverpool’s first friendly match ahead of 2018-19, which comes against Chester FC on Saturday and can be watched live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

“I think in football terms last season wasn’t the best season for me, it was quite disappointing,” he told Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood.

“In terms of game time I think I only started eight games last season, but I think it was a learning experience to be able to go to probably the second-best league in Europe in the Bundesliga, and making my debut against Bayern Munich. 

“Then to be involved in a play-offs chance with Bristol City was a good opportunity as well, so I took many things away from last season and hopefully I can build on that again.

“The early games in pre-season give everyone an opportunity to go and showcase yourself and hopefully I can do that. I’m looking forward to it.

“The first game of pre-season, everyone is raring to go. Get the ball at your feet and go and enjoy yourself.”

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His experience of being part of the first-team set up throughout pre-season 12 months ago means Kent was attuned with what Klopp would demand this time around - and the England U20 international is eager to make a positive impression on the boss.

“Last pre-season was good in terms of the experience I got. I knew it’d be tough, so I prepped myself over the summer to be able to compete in training now,” he said.

“Last season I think it [pre-season] put me on the platform, it put me out there to people who probably weren’t aware of me and it was a great experience to play against some of the top teams in Europe and hopefully I can replicate that this season.

“I think proving that I’m fit is the first thing, and then start showing him [Klopp] that I have took things away from last season, even with not as much game time as I would’ve liked. I still learned things and hopefully I can put that into place this season.”

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Joe Gomez's good luck message to England

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 08:00

Joe Gomez has been watching England's World Cup campaign with a bittersweet mix of emotions – but is cheering them on from afar as they prepare to face Sweden.

An ankle injury sustained in the final weeks of last season denied the Liverpool defender the chance to represent his country at the tournament in Russia.

Reds teammates Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are there, though, and have helped Gareth Southgate’s side reach today’s quarter-final.

While Gomez rues the fact misfortune prevented him from being part of the run, he could not be happier to see England in contention.

“100 per cent,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “The whole nation is behind them.

“It is bittersweet for me personally, I think it’s a natural emotion to wish I was there, just with the circumstances it was under and the chance I could have had.

“But everything happens for a reason and I wish the boys nothing but the best. Hopefully they can keep the momentum going and go all the way.”

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Watch now - Shevchenko Park: A Boss Session

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 23:25

LFCTV relives the role played by Liverpool supporters en route to the 2018 Champions League final in a new show.

Shevchenko Park: A Boss Session is a half-hour tribute to those who roared the Reds to club football’s greatest stage in May.

Despair ultimately lay in wait at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium; however, the run to Kiev will live long in the memory.

And ahead of Liverpool’s return to pre-season football against Chester FC, we explore the coming together of a fanbase.

From Boss Sessions in the Baltic Triangle to the terraces of AS Roma’s Stadio Olimpico, the piece is an ode to the most important people at the club.

We meet the duo who wrote our version of ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ and hear from musician Jamie Webster, who took the tune to a whole new level.

We speak to the organisers who turned Shevchenko Park into a ‘mini-Glastonbury’ and the young fans who became the lifeblood of a whirlwind campaign.

The show aired for the first time on LFCTV on Friday and is available to watch on demand via LFCTV GO above.

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Firmino's Brazil knocked out by Mignolet's Belgium

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 22:56

Roberto Firmino's World Cup dream came to an end as Brazil were beaten 2-1 by Simon Mignolet's Belgium in their quarter-final clash in Kazan.

The Liverpool forward was introduced at the beginning of the second half with his country trailing by two – an own goal by Fernandinho and a clinical drive from Kevin De Bruyne.

Tite’s side halved their arrears through Renato Augusto late on to set up a grandstand finale but the Belgians held firm and go through to a last-four meeting with France on Tuesday night.

Mignolet was an unused substitute for Belgium.

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Ward: I've been itching to get back to Melwood

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 20:00

Danny Ward has revealed he has been itching to get back to Melwood since just two days into his summer break.

And, following this week's return to training for Liverpool's first-team squad, the Welshman has his sights set on getting important game time during the run of friendlies that gets under way at Chester FC on Saturday.

The players who did not participate in the World Cup this summer were given just over five weeks off before reporting back for pre-season on Monday.

Asked whether he was pleased to be back on the training field, Ward told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's a strange one, because when the season finishes you have a couple of days of calm and then you're ready to go again.

"Obviously, you enjoy your holidays but it gets quite tedious and you get a bit agitated because you want to just get out and kick a football. 

"I'm really excited to play games again."

Ward and co have been steadily stepping up the intensity of training since getting back to business five days ago.

Of the summer workload, he said: "[I'm] tired, a bit stiff, but it's good to be back. Some new faces, some lads who you've not seen in a while who have been out on loan. 

"We're all pulling in the right direction and pushing each other on in pre-season, which is obviously tough for a reason and will stand us in good stead.

"Double sessions, especially with this weather - it's never been known, weather like this at Melwood - has made it slightly harder. 

"But it'll all be worth it when it comes to the start of the season.

"[My aim is to] just work hard, get as fit as I can, be as sharp as I can, hopefully get some games in pre-season and stay fit, and hopefully catch the eye. 

"But that's what pre-season's all about for all of the boys."

However, the 25-year-old insists there is no substitute for playing proper matches when it comes to getting sharp for the new season.

He added: "It's about getting your bearings. You see the [four-sided] game [in training], it's alright doing that for orientation but when it comes to a game you're getting your measurements again on the pitch. 

"For goalkeepers, it'll be your starting position, how you take your line off the defence, knowing what's around, making sure you're communicating. 

"It's good to get that practice in and that's what pre-season is for, honing your skills and making sure you're ready to go."

Ward also opened up on the subtle differences between being a goalkeeper or an outfield player during the pre-season period.

"To be a goalkeeper in this modern era, you have to be fit, you have to be able to keep up with the boys in the running," he said.

"But it's more sometimes explosive; you've got to dive and get across the goal rather than run the length of the pitch to score. 

"It modifies in certain areas, obviously we do a lot work with sports science and we also have our sessions with John [Achterberg]. 

"It's hectic but, as I say, it'll be worth it."

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Klopp discusses kick-off clash with England quarter-final

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 19:59

Jürgen Klopp admits he would have enjoyed an opportunity to watch England's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, but logistics meant there was no chance of bringing forward Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Chester FC.

The Reds will contest their first fixture of the summer at 3pm BST at the Swansway Chester Stadium – the same time Gareth Southgate’s team are getting under way in Russia.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “What can I say? When we planned it, it was obviously not really clear [England would play at the same time] – and I didn’t think about it, to be honest.

“Now we have tried for a few days to change the time, but it’s not possible. Chester tried as well, but said it is not possible – all of the things they have organised around the game, we cannot change it.

“We would have been ready for pretty much everything; playing at 12, playing at seven, whatever. It’s now like it is. We will record the game and hope they will go through when we watch it back. I am really, really happy about the role England are playing – Hendo is playing and Trent had his first World Cup game as well, so it’s really nice. It would have been nice to watch it.

“We now play on Tuesday [against Tranmere] and could potentially miss a game in the first semi-final – I can’t believe it! But it is our pre-season and we have to play our own games.

“I am pretty sure the people in Chester will be in the stadium and will watch the game because it is our first pre-season friendly, so it’s a nice one. It’s good for Chester. I think they’ve sold out and that’s a nice thing.”

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Watch live: Liverpool v Chester FC - 2pm BST on Saturday

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 19:06

Watch Liverpool's first pre-season friendly of 2018-19 live and exclusively on LFCTV and LFCTV GO as the Reds face Chester FC on Saturday.

Having returned to training at the beginning of the week, Jürgen Klopp’s men take to the pitch at Swansway Stadium with kick-off at 3pm BST and our build-up beginning an hour earlier.

And you can watch the entire game live as we await a first glimpse of summer arrivals Fabinho and Naby Keita and the chance to see the team in action again.

Fans in the UK and Republic of Ireland can watch live on LFCTV or LFCTV GO, while supporters across the rest of the world can watch live on LFCTV GO.

For more details on joining now, click here.

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Matip and Lallana set to miss Liverpool v Chester friendly

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 18:58

Joel Matip and Adam Lallana are unlikely to feature in Liverpool’s first pre-season friendly against Chester FC.

Both reported to Melwood for day one of pre-season training on Monday, but Jürgen Klopp does not expect to have either available for Saturday’s match at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Matip, who has not played since sustaining a thigh injury in March, is set to return to full training next week, while Lallana is struggling with illness.

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum will also miss this weekend’s game, with the Dutch duo scheduled to start pre-season training at Melwood on Sunday after being afforded extra time off due to international commitments at the end of 2017-18.

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Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think it’s a bit too early for Joel. He is in training, not doing all but in a few parts he’s doing more than the others. He’s not involved in football at the moment but from next week on he will be fully involved. 

“That’s it, pretty much. On Sunday, Gini and Virgil are coming back and then they’ll start their pre-season. 

“Adam Lallana will not be involved possibly, not sure. He’s a little bit ill, we have to see. I think Saturday will not be possible for him.”

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Ousmane Dembele decision made amid Liverpool link

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 12:41

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele will not be leaving for Arsenal or Liverpool this summer, according to reports.

Barcelona star Dembele has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool after struggling for the Catalan giants last season.

The France international, who is currently in Russia as his side aim to win a first World Cup trophy since 1998, signed as a replacement for Neymar last year in a huge £134million transfer.

However, Dembele toiled at Barcelona and ended the season firmly below the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the pecking order.

Liverpool have already expressed an interest in the wing wizard, with Jurgen Klopp saying: "Is he available? Then I'm interested."

Arsenal have also been linked with Unai Emery keen to reunite him with former Dortmund hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Yet the Manchester Evening News suggest Barcelona have decided not to sell the forward.

The club appeared poised to land Antoine Griezmann earlier this summer.

But the Atletico Madrid striker sensationally rejected a move to Barcelona in favour of staying put.

The MEN say Barcelona deem Dembele a player for the future despite his struggles during his maiden campaign.

And Arsenal and Liverpool must now look elsewhere if they wish to bolster their already formidable attacks.

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Henderson: I'd step up to take another penalty

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 11:49

An unfortunate miss against Colombia will not prevent Jordan Henderson from taking another penalty for England at the World Cup if chosen.

The Liverpool captain was denied from 12 yards by David Ospina as the Three Lions and the South Americans contested a shootout after a 1-1 draw in their last-16 tie.

Henderson’s disappointment was short-lived, though, as Gareth Southgate’s side went on to prevail 4-3 on spot-kicks to set up a quarter-final showdown with Sweden.

And should penalties be required for England again at the tournament in Russia, the Reds midfielder will raise his hand without any qualms.

“I just went through the process that I normally do, that I’ve been working on,” he said of his effort on Tuesday night, which was saved to the goalkeeper’s left.

“Maybe it was a good height for the ‘keeper – if anything, it needed to be higher or lower – but in penalties you can miss or there can be a good save. Thankfully the lads dug me out.

“It wouldn’t put me off taking another but it might put Gareth off. I’d take another one but obviously it’s down to the manager. I would understand if he chose someone else.”

Jordan Pickford proved the hero for England by superbly punching away Carlos Bacca’s fifth penalty for Colombia, teeing up Eric Dier to clinch victory.

“You obviously fear the worst when you miss a penalty but Pickers did brilliantly with the save and they’ve hit the bar, so I’m just relieved we got over the line,” said Henderson.

“We’re a really close group. It’s difficult when you miss and nothing can be said that’s going to make it all right, but it’s not about me. We won in the end, that’s the main thing: a massive win, especially on penalties.

“I just thanked [Pickford]. I can’t thank him enough. I’m forever in his debt. He said the Mackems have to stick together.

“He deserves all the praise. He got a bit of criticism last week, undeservedly, so I am so happy for him to achieve that. He made some fantastic saves in the game.”

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Xherdan Shaqiri confirms Premier League stay

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 11:40

Xherdan Shaqiri has confirmed that he wants to stay in the Premier League - as he revealed that his next move will be confirmed soon.

The Swiss winger was relegated with Stoke City last season but has come under consideration from Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool manager seeks to add more depth to his attack this season.

With Switzerland eliminated from the World Cup at the hands of Sweden, Shaqiri says his future could be sorted very soon.

He said: "At the moment, I can't say anything. You are going to hear soon on my future.

"I was not thinking about this because I was just focused on my national team and wanted to make a good tournament for my team and my nation. It's pretty normal to be aware of clubs being interested.

"I don't know, it's not dependant on me sometimes. Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football. Everybody knows that.

"I hope I can stay in the Premier League. I hope so, you never know with football. I don't rule out anything."

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Tranmere v Liverpool: Fixture brought forward 24 hours

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 22:29

Liverpool Football Club can confirm the pre-season game with Tranmere Rovers has been brought forward by 24 hours and will now be played on Tuesday July 10.

The fixture, to be held at Prenton Park, was originally scheduled to be contested on Wednesday evening.

However, it’ll now take place a day earlier, with kick off remaining at 7.30pm BST.

The Reds and Tranmere have taken the decision to bring forward the game to avoid any potential clash with a World Cup semi-final for England should they progress beyond Sweden in Saturday’s last-eight tie.

Liverpool's first friendly of the summer - against Chester FC at the Swansway Chester Stadium - will remain unchanged from its originally scheduled 3pm kick off on Saturday.

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Picture quiz: Can you identify all of LFC's Spanish stars?

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 17:12

Spanish duo Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres signed for Liverpool on this day in 2005 and 2007 respectively as they followed an increasingly well-trodden path from the Iberian nation to Anfield.

The Spanish influx began during the 'Rafalution' of Reds boss Benitez in 2004 and has continued to this day, with 21 Spaniards featuring for the Reds first team down the years.

While cup-winning goalkeeper Reina ranks third in the club's all-time list of clean sheets, and striker Torres became the fastest Red to score 50 league goals, not all the imports became such household names.

Can you name the 19 other Spaniards whose identity we’ve masked in the pictures below?

1.

Clue: Benitez's first Spanish buy for Liverpool in 2004.

2.

Clue: Arrived as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to Real Madrid.

3.

Clue: Liked to score from his own half.

4.

Clue: Scourge of Chelsea.

5.

Clue: An aerial threat who scored 72 goals for Real Madrid.

6.

Clue: Signed from Sevilla, made one appearance for LFC, against CSKA Sofia in 2005, and joined Deportivo La Coruna (pictured).

7.

Clue: Made his full debut for LFC at Camp Nou and stifled Lionel Messi.

8.

Clue: Signed from Barcelona’s youth ranks in 2007, the attacking midfielder left Anfield after making 17 appearances.

9.

Clue: Centre-back made five appearances for LFC after signing from Sevilla in 2007. Now at Middlesbrough.

10.

Clue: Winger spent two years at Anfield and made his debut against Manchester United.

11.

Clue: Made his debut under Brendan Rodgers before joining AC Milan in 2015.

12.

Clue: The defender had to play in goal for LFC against his former club.

13.

Clue: Signed from Sevilla in 2013 after starring on loan at Barcelona B. The attacking midfielder is now at Lazio.

14.

Clue: Striker who is now playing for Spain in the 2018 World Cup.

15.

Clue: Full-back spent a year on loan at Anfield from Atletico Madrid.

16.

Clue: Scored a stunning solo goal against Spurs in his second game for LFC.

17.

Clue: Released by Barcelona's academy, he played one game for LFC before joining Norwich City.

18.

Clue: Valencia-born midfielder spent last season on loan at Go Ahead Eagles.

19. Miki Roque

A special mention must go to Miki Roque, who spent four years at Anfield during the Benitez era before returning to Spain, where his young life was tragically cut short by cancer in 2012.

Pepe Reina paid a touching tribute to the centre-back when he lifted the Euro 2012 trophy with Spain by wearing Miki Roque's Real Betis shirt.

Answers: 1. Josemi Rey, 2. Antonio Nunez, 3. Xabi Alonso, 4. Luis Garcia, 5. Fernando Morientes, 6. Antonio Barragan, 7. Alvaro Arbeloa, 8. Dani Pacheco, 9. Daniel Ayala, 10. Albert Riera, 11. Suso, 12. Jose Enrique, 13. Luis Alberto, 14. Iago Aspas, 15. Javier Manquillo, 16. Alberto Moreno, 17. Sergi Canos, 18. Pedro Chirivella, 19. Miki Roque.

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